Sense And Sensibility: Manga Classics

Well, I somewhat enjoyed the adaption. On a level, I could feel emotion towards the main characters and the struggles they go through. I feel that it is rather truthful and even real.

I cared for Marianne the most, somehow Elinor was lost on me. I didn’t really care much about her. And the way that love and status here come into play such as marrying well or marrying poorly. And choosing between love or wealth.

I liked how the debate here is showed, and the characters here are all different. I enjoyed most of the time, was Marianne and her story. It was incredibly realistic if you asked me. And one which made my heart wrench.

But otherwise, I didn’t care so much for the novel at all. Which was a little sad, but ultimately, I still found this a pretty good adaption of the novel.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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The Glass Spare

Something about this just worked with me. Completely. And well, Steampunk just really works with me. Stories centered around kingdoms with their monarchs more than ready to use their children interest me. And this is just why it somehow worked.

And well, Wilhelmina is the main character. For once I liked her(although there is only one other book with the main character having this name.) But I feel that when she turned everything into gemstones, the way that it was like a curse to her was incredibly unique. And brings her a lot of misery, as much as it has convenience.

And well, this book was just plain bizarre. It just worked enough for me to like it, enjoyable. Do I find it thought provoking? Not really. But something just made me enjoy it. And I can’t comprehend it, but something worked her to form a work that I enjoyed thoroughly, and became addicted.

And well, I liked both Loom and Wilhelmina. Their interactions, and questions. The way that he never ever asks her anything or forces her to reveal her true nature, and believed that her gift is more than enough. It is just in his character.

Not to mention, his messed up family. I find Espel intriguing, in the sense that she seems to have no human empathy or care at all. And his father, because well for all the brutality that he has done, he does find good ways to make use of what he has. They may be monsters, but they were intriguing monsters.

As for her family, I did expect her father to have done just that. A semblance in him could not kill his daughter, but the rest was intended to punish her. As for her mother, I wished to see how the grief will have made her more suspicious. I mean, she loves this daughter of hers the best, and perhaps she could have spent more time thinking along that lines. And finding out that perhaps something was off.

As for Gerdie, I like him. I like this genius of a boy who is frail, who has been though a huge illness. I wished to have seen him more often, and whether he believed his younger sister was truly dead. And whether he was beginning to suspect. I do think there will be more to this towards the end.

But his rational logical mind, I find it something that was truly enjoyable. And perhaps worthy of exploration. Including of how deep his relationship with Wilhelmina goes.

I guess that the reason why this worked so well, was that I was invested in the side characters more. The family dynamics were just enough to pull me in, even if the main characters could have been so much more. But the side characters completely make up for it, and the villains are just the right touch with me.

So, if you don’t feel that this is for you, I understand. I was surprised too that this worked out so well for me, mostly due to the side characters more than anything else. But if you are on the fence, my advice to you: go for it. It’s worth the shot.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Jane Eyre: Manga Classics

Well, after the previous manga which proved to be a surprise, I’m back again with another manga classics.

Jane Eyre here I believed was adapted decently, Jane is portrayed as plain and I agree to her portrayal. It is very very plain. And difficult to see that she is in any way beautiful. Pleasant yes, beauty, no.

Although I did wish that things didn’t just happen so fast. And then, they were in love and married. I enjoyed the last part more since a lot more time was devoted to it, I do not particularly mind if they are split into volumes. Or at least touched on upon more.

And that when Jane found out that Mr Rochester was still married was when it really touched my heart(this is a classic, so I highly doubt I’m spoiling anything.) And the moments where she leaves, deciding to find another life.

That to me, did say that when it becomes impossible Jane simply moves on. I enjoyed the moments afterwards, such as when she met her cousin and the clergyman. As well as the moment when she realised that she was a heiress and actually became rich.

The face was perfect to show her expression. I did wish that they used more of the ways that many manga use to show emotions.

But overall, pretty good and I thoroughly enjoyed the latter part and the front. I truly cared for Jane for most part and the ending left a smile on my face.

Rating: 3 out of 5

The Scarlet Letter

I have to say that this was something that translated so well into manga. It worked the way it did.

I enjoyed Hester and her character, that despite all she had went through she still was a decent human being at the end. Despite being labelled as a sinner, she went through life hoping to change that label.

And that well, I enjoyed how the story was told. The mystery between who her father was, who was someone there from the start. But he is also sympathetic and carefully portrayed that it is not that he couldn’t acknowledge her, it is that he cannot acknowledge her.

Even then, there are rare moments where he is with her. The manga showed his conflict well enough, and I could see why he didn’t. And Hester who didn’t wish to destroy him, had chose to keep quiet as well.

It is easy to see where it goes, but I feel that the way it is told was masterful. Capturing the way that it should be, exploring the ideas of guilt and sin, and the characters act in a way quite unlike many. Which makes for an even more entertaining read, and the fact that Hester has done everything to redeem herself.

Perhaps I will have liked to see her struggle that little more, at least to convince that it wasn’t easy. But overall, I feel that the book has done a splendid job in making the characters feel real.

And I still liked Hester the best. Well this is a good adaption of a classic, capturing what I believe the story really wanted to tell without ever confusing me.

Rating: 4 out of 5

The Girl In The Glass Box

I find this whole idea of a retelling to be much more refreshing. Although not my true favorite, but I liked the whole idea that both characters aren’t the most perfect.

And Agrippine really got to me, she was used mercilessly by her own father. Who had simply used her to form an alliance and quickly discarded her afterwards. And made her to be who she is, willing to what she wants to get power.

I have to admit that she mistreated Genevieve greatly. That is the truth which I will not deny, but her motivations were so real. So incredibly real.

As for Genevieve, she was originally okay but eventually after she was found by the prince she completely lost me. I will have rather than Agrippine’s story was expanded on as she is the true protagonist of the story.

But I liked how the story fit show white while making the characters a lot more greyer than the original fable, and adding characters which made this a lot more different. And well, I liked how the changes affected the story that instead of a prince was a abusive narcissist, and well I hated the guy.

And Agrippine’s intentions were to just have a say in her own fate which she never got. And she did fight against it, and Genevieve did do something that made her change.

The ending was the thing which surprised me, but one which I felt satisfied about. Few people tried to write about the Queen, and well there is another retelling which I highly prefer but I’m still content to just stick with this when it comes to the faithfulness to the story.

Overall, an enjoyable and clever retelling which makes it different from the others.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Pendragon

And this is where I say I don’t even know why this exists. The story is all over the place and well, nothing is interesting at all.

I want to know more about Arthur or whatever the Arthur in this book is supposed to be. All they talked about was about Saxons, but not doing anything at all.

And well, I thought the Arthurian legends had a lot of fights among them. Or even travels, while here is something that I don’t even know about.

Well, the main problem is the lack of plot which makes me wholly uninterested in two guys who seem to be doing nothing. And nothing that marks the main character as similar to Arthur at all.

In other words, this was quite the waste of time on my side. And well, when nothing happens for over half a book I’m dropping it.

Mirror Sword And Shadow Prince

This tale was rather interesting, a look into Japanese folklore by the same author. As well as imagining them as quite different.

The story is like a folktale, which at times captured me for the way it was structured, and also written. But sometimes lost me as well. Some of it really eluded me while others continued to make a very good impression.

I don’t have any idea what is the actual story about. But nonetheless this was well crafted to say the least, such as the relationship between Toko and Oguna. The shift to the palace, for the Emperor and his various secrets. The man had a lot of them, no kidding.

All the twists revealed later were surprising, but at the same time completely plausible. But it all goes down to interpretation, and I barely even knew the Emperor. Which makes it hard for me to guess that he will hide something like what was revealed in the book.

The ending was rather perfect, in all ways tying up the loose knots. As well as giving a rather happy ending to this rather tragic tale.

But overall, I did find something greatly entertaining about this tale. Not exactly to my taste, but rather enjoyable.

Rating: 4 out of 5